The Fall 2013 Patagonia R4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit is finally here. The second installment of the warmest wetsuit on planet earth. With high-quality neoprene and a merino wool lining, the new R4® Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit offers excellent comfort and flexibility with a contoured 3-panel hood with an adjustable cord to seal in the heat. Features include anatomical patterning, 100% external seam sealing to eliminate leaks, a heavyweight wool lining in the torso and thighs for warmth, and a lighter weight(orange) lining in the hood, sleeves and legs for increased performance and stretch. With simplified entry and enlarged PVC-free kneepads for long-lasting durability. Critical seams and high-stress areas are secured and reinforced for strength.
Neoprene: Patagonia Hand Selected Highest Quality Neoprene
Seams: Fully Sealed Externally and Taped and Critically Taped Internally
Zipper: Patagonia Front Zip (Chest Zip) Technology
Model Year: 2013/2014
Manufactures Part Number: 88036
Posted by Tom - Cleanline Staff – 5th Mar 2014
I was a little hesitant about the R4 because it said only 4.5mm and I use it for kiteboarding in the North east. It gets cold here! The R4 is built so well that, if used for kiteboarding and not spent huge amount of time in the water, but occasional wipeout and body dragging my wetsuit is still dry on the inside after 1.5-2 hrs of kiting. Accompanied by good pair of gloves and booties it is not a problem staying on 32F water and 32F Air for a good session. Almost semi-dry in my opinion. It's worth the extra money
Posted by Matt - Cleanline Employee – 5th Nov 2013
The fall 2013 Patagonia R4 is a huge upgrade. Much more flexible, and lightweight, and still just as durable. For those that are familiar with the previous R4 you will notice the new R4's max thickness is 4.5mm compared to the 5mm of last years so I can't say this suit is as warm as it used to be.
That isn't to say it is not extremely warm though. Merino wool adds about a millimeter of neoprene warmth to these suits, making this suit as warm as a 5.5mm suit.
Another upgrade I noticed was the hood this year. It is extremely comfortable and does a great job at keeping water out, while giving you a free range of motion.
Overall I would say this suit more than satisfies my wetsuit needs, and though it may seem pricey, the fact that it will last longer will make it worth it.
Posted by Brad white – 24th Sep 2013
I picked this up at the Cannon Beach Cleanline a few weeks back and have used it a few times since.
I usually wear a MT but for the R4 I had to go to a LT I couldn't get the Medium to fit over my shoulders... I am over all very happy with its warmth and flexibility.
The staff at Cleanline Surf specialize in sizing Patagonia wetsuits. If you have never worn a Patagonia wetsuit before we storngly urge you to call us for experty advice on sizing. If you have worn one in the past be aware that the sizing has changed slightly and you may want to lean towards a smaller suit due to the increased flexibility. We do have a size chart available below, but please take it with a grain of salt. For the perfect fit the first time please call and speak with one of our wetsuit experts.
If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase you may return it for a full refund, or exchange within 30 days of receiving your order.